Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Workplace Environment, Health and Safety Management: A Practical Guide

Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Workplace Environment, Health and Safety Management: A Practical Guide

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4. Workplace environment, health and safety management: a practical guide By Jonathan Michael Horner. Published by Chadwick House Publishing, London 2004. Paperback 136 pp. Price £25.95 ISBN 1-904306-39-X

A hazard is a hazard, which can be risk assessed and controlled only when it is perceived as such in the first instance. This compact volume is brimming with practical suggestions and exercises to equip the non-specialist to do exactly that.

However, it would be a loss to many to suggest that it is limited in target audience to non-experts. The comprehensive approach and clarity has a deceptive depth, which makes it an easy-to-read informative text for a much wider audience.

The book provides a foundation and a framework for the development of workplace environment, and safety management, and has many clear text boxes which include suggestions, check lists, legal requirements, examples, facts and figures.

The case for an integrated approach to address health, safety and environmental issues is becoming increasingly recognised due to the intrinsic link between issues, and recognition that it is difficult to determine where the distinction lies. Therefore a tripartite approach is advocated to ensure parity and equity to address all the issues of health, safety and the environment.

Traditionally these have been addressed separately and often one at the expense of the other. A report by Gillies in 1996 was aimed at those managing a business on how to develop an integrated management of environmental, health and safety systems. …

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